December 10, 2008

Blue and White



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

A brilliantly sunny day, with blue skies and snow like thick icing topping every surface as far as the eye can see.

Attila did eventually get the road cleared, the driveway cleared and the car in the driveway. He worked into the night clearing snow from the yard, deck and the roof of the porch. The snow was at least four feet deep on the roof of the porch and Attila feared that when the snow on the roof above fell on it, the porch might collapse. It is all sorted for now. Attila came into the house quite late, ate a snack and collapsed into a deep sleep.

Today I bundled up and headed out the door for a walk. I didn't get far. After reaching the end of the driveway I realized the plough had added a foot of icy snow across the entrance to the drive. I grabbed the shovel and cleared it out. My back is a bit stiff, and my arms are aching something awful. It was worth it though. A little bit of control over the effects of all this weather is good for the soul.

I am working on my second jigsaw puzzle, again sitting in the sunlight. The sunlight is a tonic for cabin fever. Not a cure mind, just a tonic.

The weekend is supposed to bring more snow and rain as well. The roads will probably be horrid again. I hope we can get out for supplies though. That weekly visit to the checkout counter at the grocery store is as much of a social life as I am going to get.

Mist has found a soft, warm place to sleep in the spare room. She has gotten into the routine of winter and is busy settling down for a long winter's nap, on a daily basis. Every so often she rouses herself, wanders over to the front of the fireplace and sits staring at me, letting me know that the fire needs to be lit. If it is at all cool in the house, she will escalate her efforts by approaching my chair. She will sit staring at me, quietly at first. If I do not respond immediately she will begin to yowl. She will not be mollified by conversation, only a cuddle will do and a promise to build a fire when Attila gets home.

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Wordly Distractions

Brilliant Blue Sky and Icy White Snow
The view this morning.

Sittin' on Top of the World
by Geoff Bartley

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
Sir Winston Churchill
(1874 - 1965)

Condition: Sunny
Temperature: -12.4C
Pressure: 102.0 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 82 %
Wind Chill: -17
Dewpoint: -14.9C
Wind: NW 9 km/h

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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